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Red, White and Blue Fireworks Flower- Happy President’s Day!

Happy President’s Day to all of the Americans out there!

Not a fancy pic (in my eyes) but I liked it out of my latest fireworks shots, so I wanted to use it as a daily photo. Discussion over the next few days will be a bit sparse, due to family visiting, but I’ll post and leave a quick msg for all! Hope you enjoy the photo today.

See my website, flickr and/or facebook for more images to admire!

*Reminder that my BIG February deal (half off a classic 11×14 or that amt off a more expensive print) ends tonight at midnight, Mountain Time (US). Look at http://www.kelleybard.com if you are interested. PLUS, if you are the 1000th visitor you will get a FREE print (and that thousandth number is creeping closer, I get a few visitors daily and I’m only about 20 off right now!).*

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Red Fireworks Bloom & Creative Commons Question

More fireworks shots, I have a few more that jumped out at my from this last show at Snowdown 2011 in Durango, CO. This one was just weird, the way the sparks flew and the colors match and all… it’s an image of a flower and leaves. Totally nuts. Otherwise I’ll get out and get some new images soon… I just got a bunch of new equipment (great lights) and once I get my new show put up at the Red Tent Women’s Center I will be all ready to get out and take new shots!

This is in my “Things and Community Events” gallery on http://www.kelleybard.com… and please, if you have a better name for me, share it! I’m dyin’ here.

Also shown on flickr and facebook. Enjoy all my work, wherever you see it.

*Question: Does anyone use Creative Commons licensing for their photography? I’m always interested in it… don’t know if I want to let my work be out there so freely, but then at least it’s getting out there… other’s experiences with this? Would be nice to know.


Fire Play- From Snowdown in Durango, CO 2011

I’m not usually one to take quick shots and call them art, but I had a lot of fun playing with my camera and flash during the Snowdown Light Parade this last weekend. I caught this image and was very happy with it, even with all the problems. I am publishing it with just minor tweaks, made in Lightroom. I’ll hopefully get to know more info about the group that put on this fire show… my wish is to get to photograph them again sometime this year, in a more controlled setting.

I’m posting lots of Snowdown images to my website, http://www.kelleybard.com. You can look at my “things and community events” gallery for the images (and if you can come up with a better name, I’ll kiss your toes). I’m also sharing them with Snowdown on Facebook, on my facebook page (link above) and on my flickr page.

Enjoy it all!


Lion Firework

My town has this all-out, end the winter crazies weekend event called Snowdown. Pretty fun, with lots of things to thrill every kind of person (mostly it’s a weekend party for the bar crowd, but even us family types get to enjoy a bit with all the kid friendly events now). This year I made it to the light parade, hot air balloon launch and fireworks show. My camera and I were going strong at each, and for the next week or so I’ll probably be posting a lot of images from the events. I was in experimental mode with the fireworks show, and it paid off with some interesting shots (We were located below and to the left of the set-off point, and the wind was blowing pretty strongly to the left as well, so the images came out as not your normal fireworks shots). This is pretty much as is from the camera- I did a bare amount of touching up in Photoshop and sharpening and cropping, but that was about it.

I really like this one. It’s already on my website, http://www.kelleybard.com. I’m hoping to get good reviews of it here, on flickr and facebook. Come back for more fireworks and balloon shots, and a few interesting light parade images too!

BTW, the name… probably self explanatory. I can’t stop thinking of the dandy-lion in the old Alice and Wonderland Disney cartoon. So there you go.


Another Big Day of Visitors! And, Finally… a Warm Picture (Candle, Head-On)

Thanks to all the visitors today! It’s always nice to log on and have a nice surprise waiting!

I finished my series of images on ice crystals yesterday, and felt particularly Photoshoppy last night, so I created a poster with the 2 best reviewed images from the group.  I’ll post that directly after this discussion about the candle shot.

I took this image a week ago or so, during the night shots I was doing, playing with lighting (See “Child Holding Light” or some similar name from the recent posts).  I tried to get the flame head on.  In processing, I realized that the smooth wax was a bit boring, so I spruced up the saturation and added some textures. Do you feel like I do, that smooth, non detailed surfaces are HORRID in photography?? Like blue skies. I have always loved a nice, blue sky, but now it’s the worst punishment for me. Or, on the bright side, it’s a chance to be creative with my images for the day. Nah, it’s a punishment.

Anyways, it’s nice to put together a warm image after the past 4 days of ice! 🙂

Enjoy more of my work at http://www.kelleybard.com. Become a fan on facebook or a contact on flickr and lets chat about photography!

Here’s the poster from the past 4 days series…  Enjoy.


Eternal Flame

This photo was taken at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C.  I first went to Arlington when I was 13 and was really struck by it.  Recently, a favorite photographer of mine posted some photos from Arlington and my desire to go again was rekindled.  On a convenient trip to visit family in N. Virginia, I took an afternoon and wandered with my camera and tripod.  The amount of graves there is really astounding, and the solemnity is impressive.  I will probably have more photos from this day to publish as the time goes on.  I happened to be there on the eve of some book being published about JFK’s death, so this area was more busy than usual, with CNN reporters and the like.  That was exciting, but I wanted to contemplate it quietly, so I waited until the area had thinned of people before shooting my image.  I could, also, have moved a bit to the side so the lines wouldn’t be diagonal, but I liked this view too.  I desaturated most everything except the flame, and increased the contrast a bunch on the background.

One thing- I rarely if ever add deliberate blur to photos.  To me, it just doesn’t look good in most situations.  For this, though, I thought and thought and finally added it… and liked it.  What do you think?  I tried my hardest to both keep the flame and base in focus, and to make it a smooth transition from blur to focus.  How did I do?  Love to get responses on that, or on your general take of blurred images.

I will also post this to flickr and facebook… depending on the responses there, I may post it to my website.

Enjoy!